All you’re allowed to know about London’s best kept secret.
Once upon a time a young lad had a dream to establish a very unique and vastly popular restaurant that would be world renowned. He devised a fancy marketing plan loaded with hypnotic word stylings and posh photographs of his extraordinary “home grown meals.” He put up a simple, yet classy web-site and offered dining by appointment only. His ambiance was rustic and homey, so he called his restaurant, “the shed at dulwich.”
The main lure may have been his extraordinarily rare and distinctive menu based on the “moods” of his diners. For those feeling rather lustful, rabbit on toast was in order, seasoned with saffron and oyster bisque with a pomegranate soufflé. Contemplative this evening? You will feast on deconstructed Aberdeen stew with warm beef tea. Need comfort? Yorkshire blue macaroni and cheese seasoned with bacon shavings served in a 600 TC Egyptian cotton bowl with a side of sourdough bread will sooth you.
Are you empathic? Finally a restaurant that caters to your being. Vegan clams in a clear broth with parsnips, carrots, celery and potatoes, served with rye crisp. And on it goes. If your mood is complicated, just leave it to the “mood chef,” to cater to your needs at an extra cost.
These meals may not sound savory to you, however, numerous notable and unrivaled reviews shot the shed at dulwich to number one on TripAdvisory’s site. It was touted as London’s best kept secret, Britain’s best restaurant and ranked London’s number one dining destination while being chattered about over social media as the most intriguing place to dine while visiting London.
People were begging and bribing just to reserve a seat at the highest ranked restaurant in one of the world’s biggest cities, on perhaps the internet’s most trusted review site, TripAdvisory.
There was only one problem. The shed at dulwich was not a restaurant, it was just a little old shed hidden in Dulwich on a backstreet that had never served one customer when it hit number one. It was built up by imagination, fake images, fake reviews and duped people. It was an idea lacking integrity that exploded.
Why is this important? Because humans are trusting beings swayed by influence, power and prestige. Things like this happen all the time and it’s important to be aware of it.
Social media has a black market
The New York Times just ran an article on a company called Devumi that has sold over 200 million fake twitter followers and retweets to celebrities, businesses, politicians, models and anyone who wants to appear more popular, or exert influence online. They have an estimated stock of at least 3.5 million automated accounts, each sold many times over. About 48 million Twitter users are simulated accounts from stolen identities.
Facebook has also disclosed there are up to 60 million automated or fake Facebook accounts. Many fake identities sway advertising audiences, reshape political debates, cause disinformation and attack innocent competitors, yet their creation and sale fall into a legal gray zone.
The Times revealed that Devumi has more than 200,000 customers, including reality television stars, professional athletes, comedians, TED speakers, pastors and models. Michael Dell, the computer billionaire, Ray Lewis, the football commentator/former linebacker, as well as CNN’s political strategist Hilary Rosen, have purchased thousands of fake followers from Devumi.
Please use discernments in social media. People can say anything, do anything and appear to be something they are not, as well as make others appear as something they are not, and we will never know unless we take the time to discern.
We all love that person who is simply, authentically, imperfectly themselves!